Workshop Road Trip

Workshop Road Trip

This week has been some thing new, a week like none other I have had, a week to treasure.

This week I attended a workshop hosted by the super talented Chris & Sarah Rhoads from Seattle. Yep, they came all the way down under to impart some of their amazingness to a small bunch of us very lucky photographers.

Bright and early on Tuesday morning I took to the highway, with my Canon in the boot and a truck load of excitement to sustain me for the 8 hr drive.

When I drove back home on Thursday, I was still excited. I still had my Canon with me, but I had also acquired some new things to carry with me, not just for the drive, but for my life as a photographer.

We photographers are a special bunch and I believe we each have magic powers. Magic powers that allow us into other peoples lives, to record moments, share, create and inspire.

I came home with a windscreen full of bugs and a strong note to self : Follow the things that make you come alive in your life.

Here are some rather random photos I took during my drive between Melbourne & Canberra

A special thanks to the wonderful Christine Pobke for organising the event and to Samm Blake for making a heartfelt guest appearance.

Also a big hello goes out to all my fellow workshoppee’s, it was great to meet you all and I look forward to seeing your photo creations to come.

Tiptoe through the Tulips

Tiptoe through the Tulips

Yesterday we woke up and had the whooooooooooole day free. That’s right, no plans, zip, zero, nuttin’. Between friends, family, cycling & all the worky stuff, that rarely happens, ever. I started to wonder what my camera and I could get up to.

A few phone calls later and we were off on our way up the mountains to the annual tulip festival. As far as flowers go, tulips tick all the boxes for me, they are pretty and colourful and they don’t make me sneeze. I don’t expect much more from a flower really. But boy, was I in for a surprise to see just how spectacular an entire field of tulips actually is. It’s truly a photographers dream, the fields were alive with tulips AND photographers.

Here’s a few of my frames of the buds and my buddies.

Thanks to Tammy for taking a few shots of Andrew & I

And Thanks to Helen & Alexandra for helping me with this blog title

Photo Safari in Melbourne

Photo Safari in Melbourne

What do you call a person who you be-friend on twitter and then get to meet in real life? A Twiend perhaps? Isn’t it strangely wonderful when your worlds collide? Well for me, last Sunday, my twitterverse and my “real” worlds came together as Kellee Walsh and I went on a Photo Safari. Kellee is a Sydney based photographer who I met on Twitter, and she just happened to be visiting Melbourne for the weekend, so a Photo Safari was on the cards.

With my post wedding shoot hangover in tow (any wedding photographer knows exactly what this feels like) Kellee and I hit the beach, not just any beach. Yep, we went to the only beach in Melbourne, possibly Australia that is full of the cutest scattering of 82 heritage listed beach bathing boxes. A photographers delight!

Check them out, they are all jam packed with colour and character which gave me that other-worldly feeling just by being there. In fact, I had never even been there until Kellee suggested it (Great idea Kel). The day was overcast and a hint of spring was in the air, it was portrait time!

Introducing the lovely Miss Kellee Walsh and the Brighton Beach boxes. If you have a camera, and are ever in Melbourne, I highly recommend you take a trip together to this very cool part of the coast. After the beach, our coffee & cake plans got put on hold as we took a quick visit to Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens, another photographers delight (and just so happens to be one of my favorite places).

Whilst Photo Safari’s originated in a more African kind of way, I think Kel and I had a great adventure as we discovered parts of my own city that I was yet to explore. Who really needs to wear Khaki and get sunburnt? Taking photos is always fun, but making new photography friends makes it all the better. You can read Kellee’s version of events on her blog here.

What will your next photo safari will be?

Photogs Who Blog – SURVEY

Photogs Who Blog – SURVEY

Hello guys and gals,

this blog post is especially for all those photographers of all abilities out there (hello, is anyone there?)

As photographers, many of us are undertaking much more than the task of just taking photos, we are also online marketers. And, I want to find out how it’s working out, in the real world for real photographers, just like you. Today I want to look at the other side of this new blogging world of mine and yours. Come with me as I ponder my inner belly button to figure out what this blogging stuff for photographers is all about.

I have compiled a short survey which touches on a few items that are prevalent within todays photography industry and I would LOVE your participation. Just click on the pretty link directly below to get started. It took me about 2 hours to figure out how to set up a picture link, but look, I did it! (excited) Don’t even ask me how long the survey took! Once I have a swag of results I will bring them together and share with you.

Blogging is a new part of my life, my photography business and my online presence. It’s a creative avenue I have never had before. In a nutshell – I’m excited!

How Blogging began for me:

In late 2009 I stumbled across a link to a fellow photographer’s blog. Truth be told, I didn’t even really know what a blog was at the time (and it was not that long ago). The photos were amazing, and better yet, the accompanying behind the secenes story line drew me straight in. I realized pretty quickly that a blog was a very effective (+cool) way for photographers to show off their latest works and open a dialogue with clients and the photographic community. I wanted in!

In January 2010 I set myself a goal – I will have a blog in 2010

Fast forward to present day and tah-dah, I have a blog. There was lots of installing of programs, late nights, nagging friends for advice and delving into all sorts of hideous domain name thingies (Thanks Dave). But we got here.

More recenty I attended a seminar especially for bloggers where I was surrounded with the cream of Australia’s blogging crop – WOW! So many super talented people, all in one room, sharing ideas and filling my brain with blogging tips until I nearly popped. It was here that I realized just how loud our voices can be heard, how influential we each are and really that behind every out-of-this-world super blog is someone just like me and you.

This is my 13th post now. I am still finding my way in the blogosphere, learning how to use the software, finding my audience. Yet, none of this would have come about if I was not so inspired by others, then and now. To all you photographers who blog, thank you.

A special mention must go out to a few bloggers, not just of the photography variety, who always keep coming up with the goods. Check them out, they’re all fantastic for different reasons (and there are SO many others, my list could have gone on and on and on)

Bobbie & Mike – One of the 1st blogs I ever came across. Brilliant husband & wife team (USA)

Samm Blake – Wedding Photographer Extraordinaire (AUS)

Kristen Marie - This gal is as good with her words as she is with her camera, amazing (USA)

Darren Rowse - The Pro Blogger Himself who is also the brains behind Digital Photography School (AUS)

Carly Bishop – regularly has me in stitches as she describes her life as a photographer (USA)

Christine Pobke - A fellow Aussie photographer, her love for people and photography shines through the www (AUS)

The Blog Stylist – smart, generous and full of amazing blogging advice (AUS)

Kristen Cook – has a magical camera, no doubt about it (AUS)

Green Wedding Shoes – non stop, up to date images of weddings around the globe (USA)

Design Aglow – ooozing with creative photo ideas (USA)

Natasja Kremers - I always get excited to see Natasjas latest posts, full of photo goodness everytime (AUS)

Gavin Blue – Head of the ACMP and full of industry updates (AUS)

Sarah Rhoads – WOW, just wow (USA)

Anna Rose Photography - Jen Regan is a mum and a photo superstar. I like that a lot (AUS)

Michelle Moore – this Seattle gal is one seriously driven photographer, not only bound for greatness but already living it (USA)

As I said, there are lots lots more. (Can you see what I mean by inspiration overload?)

If you have done my survey already – THANK YOU! If not, what are you waiting for? Please spread around to your photography buddies so I can drown in photo statistics.

Recently I wrote my first guest post on the Digital Photography School blogsite, it’s all about online media for photographers you can check it out HERE.

I blog so to share my work, I blog to share my exerpiences, but mostly I blog to show a little more of my personalty.

Why do you blog? What makes it all worth your while? I’d love to hear from you.

Gemma